Edinburgh Alphabet- opens tomorrow

Edinburgh Alphabet opens to tomorrow (19 May) at the City Art Centre. There will be a huge range of events over the Festival of Museums weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

I wanted to share some more images of the exhibition installation. Do come and visit us!

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Behind the scenes at Edinburgh Alphabet

The installation of Edinburgh Alphabet at the City Art Centre has started. So I thought I would share some photos of the installation so far, to give you a glimpse of museum life behind the scenes! The exhibition opens next week (19 May) at the City Art Centre.

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Edinburgh Alphabet- part 2

I have been back to the Museum Collections Centre to pack more objects for the Edinburgh Alphabet exhibition (opening at the City Art Centre on 19 May). So I thought I would share some more of my favourite objects with you.

These tools and documents were donated to the museum collections in 2013. They belonged to a father and son who were both ship’s carpenters sailing from Leith. You can read about some of their travels in the documents which mention places as far away as St Vincent, Singapore, Canada and Rio de Janeiro. We also have photographs of both men which will be displayed in the exhibition,


This ship model of represents a four masted barque, a typical “clipper” ship of the mid 19th century.  Ship models were made for various reasons. This model was likely to have been made as a hobby in the early 20th century.

If you look closely you can see a Leith coat of arms on the flag on the top of the ship


I chose this lobster pot for the ‘F is for Fishing’ section. I haven’t decided if the plastic lobster is going to be included yet though!


I also had the opportunity to see some of the items other curators are including in the exhibition. I particularly like the ‘U is for Undies’ section which will show some fabulous pants!


If you would like to know more about the exhibition, there will be a series of Curator’s Talks in June and July. I will be speaking about the history of Leith on 9 June and Fishing on 14 July, do drop by.

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Vacancy: History Curator

Would you like to join our team? We are looking for a new History Curator to be based at the Museum of Edinburgh.

The role is full time (36 hours a week), fixed term until November 2017. Salary: £28,347 – £33,893. Closing date 25 April. For more information and to apply please see My Job Scotland.


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Edinburgh Alphabet

You may have already seen the article in the Scotsman about the upcoming Edinburgh Alphabet exhibition at the City Art Centre. The exhibition opens on 19 May and there will be a range of events that weekend for the Festival of Museums.

It has been a very interesting project as it has brought together curators from across different disciplines to develop the displays. I have been working on ‘F is for Fishing’ and ‘L is for Leith’. Without giving too much away, I thought I’d share some of my highlights with you.

This beautiful ship in a bottle is definitely going to be included

DSC_2332One of the things I would love to showcase are the wonderful Newhaven gala costumes. I love this ceramic.


And here are some photos of real gala costumes

I also love the colourful net floats

This is a lobster pot


One of my favourite things in the collections are the Leith Walk pigeons aka A Leith Walk by Shona Kinloch, which will make an appearance in the exhibition.


This wonderful ship model and The Port of Leith by Alexander Nasmyth will also return to display.


As will this Dockers of Leith banner


All the objects are currently being packed ready to travel to the City Art Centre.


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Crossings exhibition now on display at the People’s Story Museum

Crossings is an exhibition exploring the heritage of Leith. The exhibition is the cumulation of a project developed by Dancebase in partnership with Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and Historic Environment Scotland.

Several groups of young people explored the heritage of Leith through visits to the Museum Collections Centre, the City Art Centre and Trinity House (Historic Environment Scotland). The groups then chose museum collections to display and worked with dance and sound artists to create new dance films which explored the history of Leith and its people.

The exhibition showcases museum objects selected by the young people and the films created as a part of the project. You can also watch the films on the Dancebase website

The People’s Story Museum is open Wednesday- Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.

Crossings was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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New vacancy- Collections Care Officer

We are looking for a new Collections Care Officer- to apply visit My Job Scotland.

£28,347 – £33,893 per year, full time (36 hours a week), permanent.

A great opportunity has arisen within the Curatorial and Conservation team of Museums and Galleries Edinburgh. The post-holder of this key role will have responsibilities for preventative conservation across all our museum and gallery venues, which include the Museum of Childhood, City Art Centre, Lauriston Castle and Museum of Edinburgh and across all our varied collections, a number of which are ‘Recognised’ as being of National and International Significance. The role will include practical conservation as well as working alongside curatorial and technical colleagues, assisting with objects on permanent display as well as those on temporary loan.

The post-holder will be based at the Museums Collection Centre, the primary storage facility for the reserve collections, and will be responsible for managing its operation. However, there will be frequent opportunities to work across our venues. Providing specialist advice on the care and maintenance of the city’s monument estate is an important component of the post, as is coordinating a service wide programme of housekeeping, and responding to public and research enquiries.

The post-holder will have a Post Graduate professional qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline, as well as experience of using preventative conservation techniques, and of working in a museum, gallery, or similar environment.

Closing Date: 21 March 2017

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